Sarah Rafferty Is Embattled Teacher in How the World Began, Dawning at South Coast Rep | Playbill

News Sarah Rafferty Is Embattled Teacher in How the World Began, Dawning at South Coast Rep
The debate of evolution vs. creation roils anew in Catherine Trieschmann's How the World Began, the story of the clash between an evolutionist teacher and a creationist student, getting its world premiere by South Coast Rep Sept. 25-Oct. 16.

Performances play the Julianne Argyros Stage. The play is being produced in association with Women's Project Theater in New York. The SCR opening night is Sept. 30 in Costa Mesa, CA.

Daniella Topol directs Sarah Rafferty (TV's "Suits," Roundabout's You Never Can Tell and Second Stage's Gemini), who plays biology teacher Susan Pierce, who has just arrived in tornado-ravaged Plainview, KS, from New York City. According to South Coast Rep notes, "When she unthinkingly implies that creationism is 'gobbledy gook,' she riles the devout but troubled Micah (Jarrett Sleeper of SCR's Doctor Cerberus). That, in turn, disturbs Micah's wily, good-natured guardian, Gene (Time Winters, of the national tour of Camelot). Soon the entire town is up in arms, and Susan's job is in jeopardy."

Topol is a New York-based director whose recent credits include Rajiv Joseph's Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre), Anne Ziegler's Photograph 51 (Theatre J) and Willy Holtzman's The Morini Strand (City Theatre). She will also direct the Women's Project Theater production of How the World Began in New York in January. The play is also slated for production by Out of Joint theatre in London in November.

Trieschmann lives and writes in Kansas, and is author of The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock, crooked, The World of Others, Hot Georgia Sunday and Small and Selfish Creatures. She wrote the screenplay for "Angel's Crest," which premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

The artistic team comprises Sara Ryung Clement (set and costume design), Paul Whitaker (lighting design), Darron L West (sound design and original music), Kelly L. Miller (dramaturgy) and Jennifer Ellen Butler (stage manager). For more information, visit

Sarah Rafferty, Jarrett Sleeper and Time Winters
Sarah Rafferty, Jarrett Sleeper and Time Winters Photo by South Coast Repertory

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